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Looking forward to what should be a very informative primer/refresher on how to engage with Bills and how legislation makes its way through Parliament with Liam Laurence Smyth, Clerk of Legislation in the @HouseofCommons #DeHavillandEvent
Smyth welcomes the timing of the event, taking place between the #QueensSpeech and the ballot for #PrivateMembersBills. Notes that while the contents of the Queen's Speech will "probably" become law, Private Members Bills rarely do #DeHavDiscusses
Smyth then discusses the origins of Bills, Smyth agrees that controversial Bills "usually" originate in the House of Commons, rather than the House of Lords #DeHavDiscusses
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OK, here's a very initial take on the #QueensSpeech:
1. Was never a vehicle for immediate cost of living interventions. If government wants to help before the Autumn Budget they can, but Queen's Speech is about legislation which takes time to pass and take effect. 1/n
2. So today could have been:
- Announce help earlier? Nope.
- Legislate on crisis drivers & increase resilience?
Verdict:
3. Housing =standout: 'full fat' Renters' Reform Bill, improves rights & security in private rented sector + quite punchy Social Housing Regulation Bill. 2/6
Nothing much to boost housing supply, but significant movement on quality and security.
4. Economic growth and employment: Lots of talk, not much action. Biggest gap = no employment bill. Promised for years. Boosting job security + flexibility would have made big difference. 3/6
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"HM's government will play a leading role in defending democracy and freedom across the world".
HM's government will repeal the Human Rights Act.
#Queenspeech #HumanRights #HumanRightsAct
video via sky news
The Govt have gone to the @coe and rightly pleaded with them to expel Russia, for gross human rights violations in Ukraine.
Yet the Govt has now also formally announced its plans to substitute the HRA with a UK Bill of Rights (and undermine the operation of the ECHR in the UK).
@coe 3. Contradictions and sheer hypocrisy from the Govt, Baroness @SarahLudford: "HMG will ensure the Constitution is defended". Defended against whom? The Judiciary, deploying human rights, to protect it?
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So, the #QueensSpeech today included a "market based mechanism" for heat pumps, requiring boiler manufacturers to sell a quota of heat pumps.
What is it all about?
Well, @nesta_uk and @B_I_Tweets recently published a piece on it, and here's a thread...
media.nesta.org.uk/documents/Nest…
The "market-based mechanism" is a requirement for all boiler manufacturers to sell a certain number of heat pumps, in proportion to their boiler sales. Similar to how car makers will soon have to sell electric vehicles.

Here's the govt's consultation doc
gov.uk/government/con…
It should get more heat pumps out there and make them cheaper.
It may also force manufacturers to take more interest in installation. They will likely need to build relationships with more installers. And I guess (?) some manufacturers might offer installations themselves.
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❗️Breaking: Renters Reform Bill confirmed in Queen's Speech❗️

We’re pleased that plans for reform of private renting in England were confirmed.

While the detail of the legislation will follow in a White Paper 'to be released shortly'...
🧵

#QueensSpeech #RentersAreWaiting
Highlights mentioned include:
❌ a long-awaited end to Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions
🏡 a Decent Homes Standard for privately rented homes
📋 the introduction of a ‘property portal’ (ie. landlord register)
👎However, other key areas, inc. preventing discrimination in renting & guaranteeing improved security through indefinite tenancies, were lacking, and we want to see further protections for renters in the detail of how possession grounds (legal reasons for eviction) are reformed.
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The framing for the #QueensSpeech is an agenda "to grow and strengthen the economy and help ease the cost of living for families." That's the right focus, and here's a thread explaining the scale of the challenge. Whether these Bills actually fit that focus is another question...
First, we clearly need stronger economic growth. Over the past decade, the economic performance of advanced economies has been poor, and particularly so for the UK. We are falling further behind the US, France and Germany....
Second, the economic stagnation we've experienced has led to a lack of real wage growth. By the end of this parliament, average earnings are forecast to be just £2 a week higher than they were before the financial crisis.
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The plan to scrap the Human Rights Act in the #QueensSpeech & introduce a new Bill of Rights will undermine the rights of Black and ethnic minority groups. Here’s why 🧵
Proposals include the introduction of a ‘permission stage’ in bringing a human rights case to court👇

If an ethnic minority person has been discriminated against by a local authority, they would first have to show they have faced a ‘significant disadvantage’ to bring a case
A permission stage has been explicitly articulated as an attempt to weed out “frivolous” claims.

The notion that any claim that sets out to assert human rights is ‘frivolous’ is something we should contest, and the permission stage will only serve to undermine rights.
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NEW: Ministers announce plan to publish draft legislation to reform the Mental Health Act in #QueensSpeech
The purpose of the draft bill is to
➡️ Limit detentions of people with a learning disability and autistic people in hospital
➡️ Help tackle disparities & reduce number of people from minority ethnic backgrounds detained
➡️ Reduce the use of community treatment orders
Its changes will also include rebalancing threshold for detention - determining risk to public & therapeutic benefits, plus a strengthening of rights to express treatment preference / care plan
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I have a question about the laws announced in today's #QueensSpeech:

The UN say they break international law on refugees.

🇬🇧Parliament's Human Rights Committee says they violate our right to protest.

The HOME OFFICE says their own laws are racist.

Will our media mention this? Image
OK I'm gonna have to do a video on this shit.
#QueenSpeech Image
OK, Youtube version is done:
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As Prince Charles delivers the Queen's speech to parliament today, royal commentators are saying Prince Charles is teetering on the edge of becoming a 'de facto prince regent'

Here's a thread on why 🧵
The Prince of Wales is "teetering on the edge of becoming a de facto prince regent" 👑🇬🇧 scottishdailyexpress.co.uk/news/scottish-…
Buckingham Palace is apparently keen to show the monarchy is "safe in the hands of father and son" #QueensSpeech
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While you wait for #QueensSpeech let's run through all the ways that up-ending the Northern Ireland Protocol is a bad idea

1/
Firstly, it's not a legally-viable option, under either the Protocol itself or under international law

Many details here:


2/
Secondly, it's politically and geo-politically awful, in terms of fallout, blowback and general damage to the rules-based order just when there's a big war on about just that



3/
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We’ve come to take for granted that the Queen speaks into our homes each Christmas – but the first time a monarch broadcast live to their people in this way it was, as The Times recorded at the time, “the most notable event of Christmastide”

#QueensSpeech thetimes.co.uk/article/10-thi…
In 1932, George V transmitted his message to the BBC, broadcast across the world. For most, it was their first opportunity to hear the King’s voice

🗣“Through one of the marvels of modern science I am enabled this Christmas Day to speak to all my peoples throughout the Empire"
At two and a half minutes long — a mere 251 words — it was about a third of the average length of the Queen’s Christmas addresses
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As MPs will soon debate on the government's plans for health services outlined in the #QueensSpeech last week, we emphasise the need for any future plans to urgently address the workload and workforce crisis in #generalpractice (1/6)
More GPs are required to meet the needs of a growing and ageing population and manage the impact of the pandemic. However, targets to deliver additional workforce have not been met…(2/6)
Most recent data from @NHSDigital demonstrates that GPs and their teams are working incredibly hard, supporting their patients throughout the pandemic and taking a central role in the #CovidVaccinationProgramme (3/6)
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1/8 Today’s #QueensSpeech outlined key proposed legislation to deliver govt’s aspirations around levelling up, building back better, and net zero goals. But we need strong local, national and international data infrastructure to deliver these goals. gov.uk/government/spe…
2/8 In public #procurement, open data can help ensure govt transparency and accountability around use of public finances, and can improve competition among suppliers: theodi.org/article/the-od…
3/8 In #environmental action, data collaboration can support things like net zero supply chains, reduced waste and better water resource management: theodi.org/article/accele…
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Let's fisk the explanatory notes to the #QueensSpeech on Brexit, shall we?

You can find the text here: assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/upl…

tl;dr for something that was to be so transformative, there's not actually much immediate change coming

1/
We can start by observing that what was the central question of British politics for the past 5 or more years finds itself shunted behind Covid (and various other things) to page 48 of the document

2/
Potentially the most important part of of the section is this, given its nebulous objectives and scope for longer-run change.

Note the focus on removing barriers (and, possibly, apostrophes), but also the lack of outputs so far, suggesting there aren't many easy wins

3/
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The #QueensSpeech today referenced to a string of draconian laws the Government is planning to introduce. Big Brother Watch will have its 👁️ on the following:
🚓The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: which will create 10-year sentences for protests that risk "annoyance", "inconvenience" or "disease", and reintroduce digital strip searches.
The Electoral Integrity Bill: which introduces #VoterID will prevent many thousands of people voting, despite no evidence of systemic ballot box fraud and only 1 fraud conviction per 20 million votes cast in the last 2 General Elections.
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Boris Johnson has completely failed to deliver the investment and change required to build a strong, fair and equal recovery.

Instead the Tories are imposing the long-term damage of austerity cuts, Brexit and a power grab against Scotland's will. #QueensSpeech
The Tories are repeating the same mistakes they made after the last economic crisis, by forcing through damaging cuts that are threatening Scotland's recovery. #QueensSpeech
Instead of building a fairer society, the Tories are entrenching inequality, and pushing people into poverty, by imposing a public sector pay freeze, cuts to Universal Credit, and an “efficiency review" of public services. #QueensSpeech
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1/8 #QueensSpeech '21 is a mixed bag in terms of #EndOurCladdingScandal and for #leaseholdreform

As promised, the government has announced a bill to ban new ground rents. Commitments were made during the #FireSafetyBill debates last month to also look at forfeiture.
2/8 Implementing the rest of the Law Commission's recent reports on #leaseholdreform is expected to wait until later.

The balance of the package outlined important reforms on cheaper lease extension, easier Right To Manage and improving commonhold.

We need all these reforms.
3/8 As expected, the government also promises that the #BuildingSafetyBill is to be introduced this session.

We wait to see if the deeply unpopular Building Safety Charge is still included and how "high risk buildings" will actually be defined in the new law.
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“My Government will ensure that public finances will return to a sustainable path once recovery secured…” Queens speech…
Government will “modernise the planning system so that more homes can be built"
“my ministers will deepen trade ties in the Gulf, Africa and the Indo-Pacific”….

And what about the US trade deal?
#QueensSpeech
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Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, will open a new session of Parliament this morning.
 
Find out more here: royal.uk/state-opening-… #QueensSpeech #StateOpening
The Queen departs Buckingham Palace for the Palace of Westminster ahead of the Opening of Parliament.
Steeped in tradition, the State Opening brings together all three parts of Parliament: the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Monarch.
 
Learn more about The Queen and Government: royal.uk/queen-and-gove… #QueensSpeech
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Watch the #QueensSpeech live in the #HouseofLords on Twitter from 11.25am. Find out more about #StateOpening, the start of Parliament’s working year parliament.uk/business/news/…

twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
#StateOpening is the first day of Parliament’s working year: the #HouseofLords will pack the session ahead with detailed checks of the bills in the #QueenSpeech and holding the government to account. Discover more.
The #QueensSpeech is written by the government and read out in the #HouseofLords. It sets out the government’s legislative agenda for the new session, including bills the #HouseofLords will check and revise.
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Tomorrow, we hear the first #QueensSpeech this decade & the last before #COP26 climate summit

New legislation announced could be make or break for climate, nature and communities across the UK
 
Here are my #FiveToThrive Bills for a fairer, greener future 🧵👇
A #GreenNewDeal with the scale and ambition of @POTUS plan to upgrade America would: 
✅Create millions of good green jobs across the UK
🏡 Improve everyday life
🌍Set us on a path to a greener, fairer future
@labourlewis and I have a #GreenNewDeal bill that's ready to go
The #CEEBill is the framework we need to tackle the climate & ecological crises together. It would commit the UK to:
🌡️ Doing its fair share to limit temperatures to 1.5 ºC
🌳 Protecting and restoring nature
🙋 Creating a Citizens’ Assembly to put decision in the hands of people
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🎄🖥 Anàlisi del discurs de Nadal de Her Majesty The Queen:

#protocol #Christmas #QueensSpeech

⬇️
1.𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘇𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗼́: Castell de Windsor🏰.

Allà és on la reina ha passat el Nadal amb el Duc d'Edimburg.
Només ells i el personal del castell.
2. 𝗘𝘀𝗰𝗲𝗻𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗳𝗶𝗮:
- Una taula amb el discurs a sobre,
- una foto del Duc d'Edimburg
- l'arbre de Nadal amb els colors tradicionals 🎄(vermell, platejat i daurat) amb moltes petites llumetes,
- la finestra oberta,
- les cortines verdes💚 (esperança)
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In a rare televised address, Queen Elizabeth said, “I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. Those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any.’’ Very uplifting #covid19UK Image
Queen Elizabeth II finished her address to the nation & British citizens around the world by saying “Better days will return. We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again.” Very moving & I’m glad that I stayed up for the #QueensSpeech.
Queen Elizabeth II: "We join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed - and that success will belong to every one of us.” #QueensSpeech #UK
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